News from April 30, 2013

May 1, 2013

Maine's in as a lab for tax reform

A major proposal, due out today, would slash the state income tax and is similar to plans in other states.

April 30, 2013

Uncle: Family to claim Boston bomb suspect's body



April 30, 2013

Portland crafts slogan to put city 'on the map'

 Officials think a catchy phrase will help with marketing, but a bad one could do the opposite.

April 30, 2013

WGME-TV hosting forum on gun control

Thursday's event will be broadcast live online and include two panelists on each side of the issue.

April 30, 2013

Obama vows again to close Guantanamo prison

 Obama says he will try to persuade Congress to end restrictions that have prevented him from previously closing the facility.

April 30, 2013

With Smith back, Knicks try again to oust Celtics

J.R. Smith may have altered a series with one poor decision. He certainly forced his midweek plans to change.

April 30, 2013

Online poker back: Legal website launches in Nev.

Only players in Nevada can participate, but it's seen as the beginning of expanded legal Internet betting in the U.S., along with moves in New Jersey and Delaware.

April 30, 2013

Maine State House to get new copper top

The $1.2 million cost requires no new appropriation or borrowing.

April 30, 2013

FDA approves over-the-counter morning-after pill

However, only those who can prove they are at least 15 years old may buy the drug, which prevents pregnancy.

May 1, 2013

Russia had elder Boston suspect under surveillance

Russian security officials suspected ties between Tsarnaev and a Canadian jihadist, but never shared that information with the U.S.

April 30, 2013

Maine drug take-back program most successful yet

Departments collected 22,260 pounds of medication dropped off by residents at their local police station or other collection sites.

April 30, 2013

New England states, grid operator settle budget dispute

Maine is among the states that had criticized ISO-New England's $165 million budget request for 2013.

April 30, 2013

Maine asks Congress to halt unlimited special-interest campaign spending

Maine becomes the 13th state to urge a constitutional amendment.

April 30, 2013

Maine liquor deal will have no upfront fee

The panel drafting the proposal fails to discuss the more controversial aspects of the contract.

April 30, 2013

Celtics players celebrate Collins' coming out

Jason Collins became the first active athlete in major U.S. professional sports to come out as gay on Tuesday.

April 30, 2013

Maine bill would ban slaughtering horses for meat

It would also ban the transportation of horses through Maine to be slaughtered in Canada, but similar bills have failed twice before.

April 30, 2013

Information sharing before Boston bombings under review

The 90-day review is being carried out by the independent intelligence community inspector general.

April 30, 2013

Amanda Knox: I'm not a murderer

After a sensationalistic trial, Knox was acquitted of murdering a student in Italy in 2007, but an Italian court recently overturned her acquittal.

April 30, 2013

Jackson Lab to partner with Conn. hospitals on cancer study

The project will use specialized mice to research cancers with a high risk of relapse.

May 1, 2013

U.S. pledge on Medicaid sparks clash in Maine

Democrats say the clarification on federal funding paves the way for expansion in Maine, but LePage officials say it falls short.

April 30, 2013

2-year-old girl gets experimental windpipe made from stem cells

Hannah Warren had been unable to breathe, eat, drink or swallow on her own since she was born, but now she will likely lead a normal life.

April 30, 2013

Paramedic who tried to revive Michael Jackson testifies

Katherine Jackson, who is suing a concert promoter over her son's death, leaves the courtroom during the paramedic's testimony.

April 30, 2013

ACLU of Maine to honor founding member Delogu

Orlando Delogu oversaw the organization’s growth from its infancy from 1967 through 1973.

April 30, 2013

Maine Legislature kills tax exemption for gold, silver

Proponents saw the measure as a way to siphon some coin trade show business away from New Hampshire.

April 30, 2013

Despite budget woes, State House security screenings continue

A bipartisan bill that would have cut $200,000 in funding for a Maine screening station fails to make it out of committee.

April 30, 2013

Regulators to hear comments today on eel management plan

 Proposed changes include increased monitoring and methods to improve habitat.

May 1, 2013

Maine panel rejects 10-round limit for gun magazines

It also rejects a Democratic bill that would have allowed businesses to bar employees from bringing guns to work.

April 30, 2013

Sheriffs, health care officials warn against legalizing pot

“We know all too well the myth of ‘It’s only pot.’ Getting high is getting high, and getting high always brings with it a significant price to pay.”

April 30, 2013

Portland-area firefighters train for disaster at Jetport Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Flames erupted and roared. There were fake screams. The goal? To rescue the plane's passengers within three minutes.

May 1, 2013

Lewiston fire started in condemned building Video clip included

Most of the nine units were still occupied despite city efforts to get people to leave.

April 30, 2013

Maine businesses speak out against east-west highway

At a hearing, they back bills to slow or kill the project, which they say would divert traffic needed to survive.

April 30, 2013

Police: Gun used in Ohio classroom came from home Several photos included in this story

Police said there were at least 21 other students in the first-period classroom Monday when a student pulled a gun and attempted suicide.

April 30, 2013

Obama: U.S. still not sure who used chemical weapons

At a White House news conference, the president also defends the FBI in regard to its efforts before the deadly bombing at the Boston Marathon two weeks ago.

April 30, 2013

Development on $105 million Portland project could begin in June

When finished, phase one of The Forefront will have a 4,500-seat event center, office buildings, a hotel, a sports medicine facility, a parking garage and a restaurant.

April 30, 2013

Two with ties to Maine receive Tony Award nominations

Andrea Martin and Tony Shalhoub are both up for awards, which will be presented on June 9.

April 30, 2013

Bostonians warned not to be alarmed by loud booms

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers warns residents of Brookline and Boston that they may hear loud, gunshot-like booms this week.

April 30, 2013

UMaine breaks ground for astronomy center

The facility that will house the largest telescope in the state could open as early as fall 2014.

April 30, 2013

Maine, N.H. to apply for federal grant to replace bridge

The Sarah Mildred Long Bridge replacement project is expected to begin next year and be complete by 2017.

April 30, 2013

Maine man gets 4 months for ski area thefts

Police say the 23-year-old Ronald Davis stole $670 and portable radios from Titcomb Mountain in March 2012, and took radios from Spruce Mountain in November.

April 30, 2013

Fishing regulators to hold hearing on elvers today

Possible management options include quotas, gear restrictions, seasonal closures or closing the fishery.

April 30, 2013

Willem-Alexander becomes new Dutch king Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The generational change in the House of Orange-Nassau gives the nation of nearly 17 million a moment of celebration as it struggles through a lengthy recession.

April 30, 2013

Pingree visits Turkey with congressional group

The Maine Democrat says it's particularly important for the U.S. to maintain positive relations with Turkey because of the civil war in neighboring Syria.

April 30, 2013

Hearing today on Maine bill to regulate horse slaughtering

The bill would make it illegal to ship horses from or through Maine destined for slaughterhouses in Canada.

April 30, 2013

Rescuer of girl recalls Lebanon dog attack

 Adam Horr is credited with saving the life of a 12-year-old who was mauled by two pit bulls Saturday.

April 30, 2013

Maine laptop choice leaves schools relieved, confused

Officials are pleased to have the flexibility to pick their provider, but there's uncertainty on cost.

April 30, 2013

Maine coalition to propose dramatic tax reform

Consumption taxes would rise and Maine income taxes would drop, says a draft of the bipartisan plan.

April 30, 2013

Supreme Court says immigration is federal job

The court's 8-1 ruling stops an effort by Alabama to revive parts of its 2011 immigration law.

April 30, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

Hefty OSHA fine proposed for Maine pipeline company / Maine's average price of gas drops to $3.50 / ISO New England says grid will meet power demand ... and more news from around the state.

April 30, 2013

New sources of caffeine spur FDA to look at effect on kids

 Critics say it's not enough for the food companies to say they are marketing their products with caffeine to adults.

April 30, 2013

Payment to Maine hospitals slowed?

Lawmakers' linking of debt payment and Medicaid expansion could delay repayment of millions owed, a lobbyist says.

April 30, 2013

Testimony: Environment key in Maine mining rules

 As the DEP writes regulations to implement a new law, backers and opponents urge legislators to protect the Maine landscape.

April 30, 2013

Portland, school officials clash on budgeting for cutbacks

Mayor Michael Brennan urges schools to ignore proposed cuts in state revenue. Others disagree.

April 30, 2013

Maine panel pares gun-control bills to five

The legislators are appraising proposals touching on concealed weapons and expanded background checks.

April 30, 2013

Maine activist arrested at New York drone protest

Bruce Gagnon was one of 31 protesters arrested at Hancock Air Force Base in Syracuse.

April 29, 2013

Warm weather returns to Maine

 Temperatures are predicted to reach the 70s on Tuesday for the first time in nearly seven months.